Hi Everyone .. we are managing a few moments of sunshine i hope it keeps up ! I have noticed the weeds are growing like crazy and the grass too!

My question this week is ” Is there another alternative for a small hedge other than always using boxwood ? So do you drive through subdivisions and see every house with a box wood hedge ? I do and I am getting so annoyed lately let’s see what else we can use … Okay follow me

My favorites are : holly ( varigated ), Glossy Abelia , Japanese Barberry , Japanese Barberry escalonia , Scarlet Firethorn ,Arrowwood Viburnum .

Arrowwood Viburnum

‘Blue Muffin’ arrowwood viburnum is a top-notch landscape plant. It bears creamy-white flowers in spring followed by blue fruits in late summer and lovely yellow, red, or reddish-purple foliage in fall. pic 2

Scarlet Firethorn

An evergreen in mild climates but deciduous in colder regions, scarlet firethorn has stiff, thorny branches that adapt well to being trained as an espalier or as an informal hedge. It’s adorned by cheery white flowers in spring and orange-red berries in summer. It can grow 18 feet tall, depending on variety. pic 3

Variegated False Holly

This plant has earned its common name its toothed, evergreen foliage closely resembles that of holly. It grows slowly to 15 feet tall but can be sheared to create a solid wall of green.#1

Flowering Quince

Flowering quince is equipped with sharp spines that make it an effective barrier plant or privacy screen. The 6- to 10-foot-tall shrub lights up the early spring landscape with its scarlet, pink, or white blooms. Some varieties might rebloom in fall. The selection pictured here is ‘Toyo Nishiki’.

Japanese Barberry

Barberry bears sharp spines that provide a nearly impenetrable barrier on this 3- to 6-foot-tall shrub. There’s a wealth of varieties that bear foliage in shades of chartreuse, green, burgundy, and rosy red. The leaves develop golden, orange, and red hues in fall.

Test Garden Tip: In some areas, Japanese barberry is considered invasive, so check local regulations before planting.pic 5

Glossy Abelia

Butterflies love the trumpet-shape flowers that dangle from glossy abelias’ branches all summer long. This shrub naturally forms an arching mound that grows 3 – 6 feet tall, but you can shear it to create a lower hedge.

Name: Abelia x grandiflora pic 4

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